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Walnut Tree, Stowmarket

Violet Hill Road
IP14 1JP
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Blue Scrumpy left this review about Walnut Tree

I thought I'd visited all of the decent pubs that Stowmarket has to offer when I was last here in June, 2019. However, this backstreet local now titled simply The Walnut has an excellent and wide range of real ales, real ciders and craft beers.

Arriving at the bar, I could only see one or two pumpclips. But the barman quickly informed us that all of the beers were listed on a board in one corner, with ciders listed on another board further along the wall. He also informed us that it was table service only, presumably a vestige of plague times and one that they decided works well.

Either way, I hadn't decided which of the ciders I was going to choose by the time he arrived at our table. It is very unusual for me to find 4 ciders I hadn't previously tried these days. Such was my dilemma here.

The 6 real ales here were Holt's Bitter, Lacon's Encore, Ampersand Pebble, Nene Valley Blue Monday, Cabin Jubilee Premium & Mighty Oak Vigilante. 7 real ciders were SeaCider Lemon Meringue, Meon Valley Swallowtail, Snail's Bank Blood Orange, Broadoak Perry, Tricky UFO#5, Abrahall's AD & Big Nose and Beardy Standen Deliver. Craft beers were Black Iris Endless Summer, Ampersand Windrow, Anspach & Hobday Bock, Burnt Mill Amplitude, Lagunitas Daytime IPA, Duration The Land I'm Bound To & RedWillow Damson Saison.

There weren't many other people in, which is presumably the norm considering there was only one member of staff who has to offer table service. So, I was surprised to see that they can stock such an extensive range of beers and ciders. Nevertheless, the ciders were at least well-kept.

Seating areas can be found to the front and to the left-hand side of the bar itself, with a further spacious room found behind the bar. There is also a garden to the rear. A group of locals near the door of the bar had a dog with them, which was the one negative point here. There was an overwhelming and nasty smell pervading the air when we entered. Whether it was the dog or something else, the smell was very offputting.

The bad small apart, this has to be vying with the Royal William and the Kings Arms for the title of best pub in Stowmarket. Either way, I'm minded to come back here one day on the train to have more of a session in the town's hostelries. This was our favourite new pub of the day in Suffolk.

On 6th June 2022 - rating: 8
[User has posted 1330 recommendations about 1330 pubs]

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Susan Newman left this review about Walnut Tree

The Walnut Tree is now being run by Sue Newman. Home Cooked food is available lunchtimes and evenings and ALL DAY Sunday 'till 5.00pm. The Sunday Roasts are something to talk about, and many are... Admans Bitter is available from the pump and a Guest Ale sits alongside. Follow the link to find out more...

On 13th January 2009 - rating: 8
[User has posted 1 recommendations about 1 pubs]

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Map location corrected by Alan Hurdle
Stowmarket, 0.55 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Needham Market, 4.1 miles, 1 hr 19 min walk (show)
Elmswell, 5.67 miles, 1 hr 49 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Walnut Tree, Stowmarket
6th Jun 2022, 20:23
Review submitted by Blue Scrumpy
29th Jan 2013, 16:53
Picture submitted by john mcgraw approved

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  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 06 June 2022 by Blue Scrumpy
  • Car Park : No last updated 06 June 2022 by Blue Scrumpy
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 06 June 2022 by Blue Scrumpy
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 06 June 2022 by Blue Scrumpy
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 27 February 2019 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 06 June 2022 by Blue Scrumpy
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